In the Third Meditation Descartes purports to prove the existence
of God. This argument is notorious for being one that gives trouble to
introductory students. In order to lessen the trouble that it will give
you, the following will be helpful.
1. What does Descartes mean by "God"?
2. What is Descartes' starting point?
3. Why is Descartes trying to prove God's existence?
4. Is there something wrong with this?
5. Is the argument sound even if question begging?
6. What premisses are required to make the argument valid?
7. What is the "Form" or Descartes' Argument?
8. How does Descartes construct the argument from these premises?
9. Does Descartes know these premisses for certain, and, if so, how?
10. What else does Descartes do in the Third Meditation?